Tech Lead - Kernel / Device Driver Engineering

  • Location:
    San Jose, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Software
  • Compensation Range
    164200 USD - 241700 USD
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    Software Development
  • Job Id

Who We Are:

The Cisco Distributed System Engineering (DSE) group is at the forefront of developing products that power the largest networks in the world. The networking industry is going through a massive transformation to build the next generation infrastructure to meet the needs of AI/ML workloads and continuously increasing internet users and application. We are uniquely positioned to capture that market transition.

Who You’ll Work With:

This team builds products by harnessing the potential of open-source technologies while pushing the boundaries on Systems and Silicon Architecture. We are looking for developers and leaders who are passionate about tackling complex technology, building large scale distributed systems and comfortable working with open-source communities and technologies. You will be part of a fast-paced work environment and responsible for end-to-end product development and production support.

Who you are:

You are curious and a problem solver. You love to learn and grow and work in an environment that is constantly evolving. You are a self-starter that thrives on learning information quickly and uses resources to research and resolve issues. You are comfortable working with multi-disciplinary, multicultural, and geographically dispersed teams. You are a technologist at heart and a leader in practice that is:

  • Knowledgeable in Linux Kernel development with experience designing and building Network Operating Systems
  • Diligent with an automation first approach and experience with scripting languages and test frames works
  • Passionate about open-source development and contribution
  • MS/BS degree in CS/EE/CE or technical equivalent

What you will do:

As a Kernel / Device Driver Engineer, you'll join an agile team engaged in the design, development and testing user and kernel space device drivers required for Cisco 8000 platforms. In this role you’ll have opportunity to:

  • Develop software for various bus architectures including I2C, PCI, SPI, GPIO and kernel components. including hardware device drivers, HWMON and Watchdog
  • Develop test framework to validate kernel modules
  • Diagnose and resolve issues with drivers at all levels within the kernel driver stack
  • Work with custom FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Array) functions and drivers
  • Collaborate with Hardware and Software functional teams to deliver platform infrastructure software

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ year’s embedded software development experience using C, C++ and/or Python
  • 3+ year’ experience developing Linux internals including BSP (Board Support Package)
  • 3+ years’ experience designing, coding and testing low-level device drivers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Hardware architectures including *PCI, PCIe, DMA, I2C, SPI and GPIO
  • Processors including x86 and ARM
  • MFD/Aux-bus type of approaches to I2C Linux kernel drivers
  • Exposure to Debian and or Centos Linux distros
  • GIT, Jira, Jenkins and CI/CD pipeline tools
  • Virtualization and container technologies including KVM/Qemu, Docker and/or Kubernetes
  • Strong performance tuning skills
  • Assembly language experience preferred

Why Cisco?

#WeAreCisco. We are all unique, but collectively we bring our talents to work as a team, to develop innovative technology and power a more inclusive, digital future for everyone. How do we do it? Well, for starters - with people like you!

Nearly every internet connection around the world touches Cisco. We're the Internet's optimists. Our technology makes sure the data traveling at light speed across connections does so securely, yet it's not what we make but what we make happen which marks us out. We're helping those who work in the health service to connect with patients and each other; schools, colleges, and universities to teach in even the most difficult of times. We're helping businesses of all shapes and sizes to connect with their employees and customers in new ways, providing people with access to the digital skills they need and connecting the most remote parts of the world - whether through 5G, or otherwise.

We tackle whatever challenges come our way. We have each other's backs, we recognize our accomplishments, and we grow together. We celebrate and support one another - from big and small things in life to big career moments. And giving back is in our DNA (we get 10 days off each year to do just that).

We know that powering an inclusive future starts with us. Because without diversity and a dedication to equality, there is no moving forward. Our 30 Inclusive Communities, that bring people together around commonalities or passions, are leading the way. Together we're committed to learning, listening, caring for our communities, whilst supporting the most vulnerable with a collective effort to make this world a better place either with technology, or through our actions.

So, you have colorful hair? Don't care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That's cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us!


Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S. and/or Canada:

When available, the salary range posted for this position reflects the projected hiring range for new hire, full-time salaries in U.S. and/or Canada locations, not including equity or benefits. For non-sales roles the hiring ranges reflect base salary only; employees are also eligible to receive annual bonuses. Hiring ranges for sales positions include base and incentive compensation target. Individual pay is determined by the candidate's hiring location and additional factors, including but not limited to skillset, experience, and relevant education, certifications, or training. Applicants may not be eligible for the full salary range based on their U.S. or Canada hiring location. The recruiter can share more details about compensation for the role in your location during the hiring process.

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